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Amy Wilinski-Lyman

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Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka

Even the happiest creature on Earth can get the sads!
Lucky G makes a trip down under to help out a struggling quokka. Join them on their journey to better mental health.

Review from a world renowned play therapist:


“This book grabs you from the outset and takes you on a hopeful journey: A colorful, spunky raven (with a Ph.D) travels to Australia to meet a quokka who has lost his true smile, finds it hard to move, and isn’t hanging out with friends anymore. Dr. G knows that depression is the culprit, and extends a listening ear and helping hand, all the while reassuring quokka that lots of adults and kids can feel depression too!

The illustrations are colorful and whimsical, and the fact that Amy takes us on a journey to Australia provides the novelty that keeps the book captivating and moving right along.

I truly enjoyed reading this and I believe children with depression, and their parents, will find acknowledgment, guidance, and hope in this little book. Enjoyable, informative, and capable of capturing a child’s imagination.”


Eliana Gil, Ph.D.

Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education
Fairfax, VA

Lucky G and the Sunbeam Girl

A young girl stumbles upon a magical bird with an important message. This picture book designed for ages 4-10 is full of colorful illustrations and a rhyming verse geared to help children cope with parental depression.

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Author’s Bio

About Amy

Amy published her first book in 2019 after seeing a critical need in the market. Amy was hospitalized with depression for two months in early 2016. During that time, Amy’s family desperately tried to find resources to help her young daughter and two sons cope with their mom’s deep sadness. They quickly learned there was nothing really out there. Amy decided she would change that. She set out to create a character and a story children would enjoy and understand.

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  • Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka is the story of a raven named Lucky G who helps other animals feel better when they are sad, mad, or just not feeling right. Lucky G gets a call from his friend Drew in Australia. He flies over there and finds out that Blue the Quokka is feeling very blue. He is not happy, but is sad. Lucky goes and talks to Blue to find out what is going on with him. He learns ... [Read More]
  • Talking about depression is a hard topic in today’s society, even though it shouldn’t be. Talking about it to children may seem an even more daunting task. Author Amy Wilinski-Lyman is taking on that challenge with her raven with a Ph.D., Lucky G! It’s Lucky G to the rescue as they go to Australia to assist a quokka that’s got a case of depression. And yes, that is a real animal. Lucky G, Ph.D. ... [Read More]
  • Based on the artwork, I went into Lucky G. and the Melancholy Quokka with a preconceived notion of what I was about to read. I thought it would be an entertaining story with some talking animals, and that the author would barely scratch the surface of a serious topic. I had no idea that Amy would skillfully and carefully touch on so many aspects of depression, or “the sads.” I didn’t expect that ... [Read More]

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